The Lagos State Government has raised the alarm of a possible third wave of Coronavirus pandemic, following a sharp increase in the number of positive cases recorded in the last few weeks.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, therefore imposed restrictions and sanctions after disclosing that the State’s daily cases of COVID-19 confirmation had shot up to 6.6 per cent over a period of one week.
The development may not be unconnected to the careless attitude of air passengers from countries in the “high risk” zones and the complacency by the residents to follow the protective protocols issued by the Government after the end of the second wave.
Sanwo-Olu disclosed that 18 percent of 50,322 air passengers of interest, who arrived in Lagos via the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, could not be reached for COVID-19 status monitoring by EKOTELEMED because they supplied wrong contact details.
Going forward, the Governor ordered sanctioning of in-bound air passengers that failed to provide verifiable contact details, including accessible phone numbers they can be reached for monitoring.
According to Sanwo-Olu, the current circumstance necessitated the reactivation of complete compliance with all safety measures already established by the State Government.
The Governor stated that masks should be required in all public venues, as well as social distance, temperature checks, hand-washing and sanitiser facilities, and a maximum of 50% occupancy in enclosed areas. Sanwo-Olu advised worship centres to be especially watchful, cautioning them not to be fooled into thinking that all activities had returned to normal.